Release Date: Apr 8, 2017
1. Who do you work for and what is your current role?
My role is sales planning director and barista of Maruyama Coffee. I appreciate that coffee has and continues to enrich my life. My goal is to create a better coffee life for people. And I work for my coffee life, and team Maruyama Coffee.
2. How many years have you been in the coffee industry?
Almost 10 years now!
3. Your greatest achievement to date?
1st Place in the 2016 Japan Barista Championship.
4. What are you currently working on?
I am in charge of sales planning and I’m a Barista.
5. How does a typical day start for you after waking up?
I check my smartphone.
6. How did you get into coffee?
A lot of coincidences.
7. Which café do you visit the most in Tokyo on days off?
8. The most impressive cafe outside of Japan?
The people are nice, as is the coffee.
9. What’s the best food that goes with coffee?
10. Maximum number of coffees you’ve had in one day?
A lot! I can’t count.
11. Favorite coffee region these days?
Costa Rica. When I have Costa Rican Coffee, I discover something new.. which always gives me great pleasure.
12. Most interesting coffee-based drink you’ve tasted?
13. What type of coffee setup do you have at home?
French Press, Pour Over, Aero press, just to name a few…!
14. Who made you a really delicious coffee recently?
Yukari Suzuki, at Unlimited Coffee
15. Coolest movie with a coffee scene in it?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
16. Who should everyone follow on instagram?
There are lots of cool and beautiful photos. I am inspired by his passion for coffee.
17. Who is someone that you look up to in the coffee industry?
There are a lot of people. But especially, Kentaro Maruyama, Mie Nakahara, and Hidenori Izaki.
18. What advice can you give to people who want to make a better cup of coffee at home?
Let’s start by grinding your coffee beans by yourself.
Enjoy brewing every day, and find your favorite origin and favorite taste.
19. What do you think is the biggest problem in the coffee industry right now?
Coffee is culture. It is not a fad or even a trend. We have to create a better coffee culture, a better coffee life for customers and people working in the coffee industry.
20. If you weren’t in the coffee industry, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be a beer brewer.
You can follow Miki Suzuki on instagram here @mkszk57
Visit the Maruyama Coffee website here http://www.maruyamacoffee.com
Interview by Vaughan @vja
Photography by Nik van der Giesen @nvdg81